Our new book, The Fuzzy Philosopher, isnâ€™t on sale for another 3 weeks (Nov. 9th, mark your calendars) but the first review was just published on blogcritic.com!
It was written by Gordon Haupfleisch, a Blogcritics Books Editor and book reviewer for the San Diego Union Tribune Books. One great thing about the review is he is an adult, writing for adults. We usually get reviews from kids (which we love), or parents, or experts in the children’s book field. But Gordon reviewed it unabashedly as an adult and he still liked it! He has a really colorful writing style and picked up on a lot of the more subtle themes and ideas in the book. As a writer it is always gratifying when someone picks up on the little things you wove into the story.
Here are some excerpts from his 2 page review.
As one who’s always been hazy on the details given to ballpark figures and rough estimates I knew The Fuzzy Philosopher by Becky Ances and Ryan Wilson, targeted for 7 to 10 year olds, was aimed at considerably way more or less let’s say less than the likes of my middle-age mental fatigued mind. Still, guilty pleasure or not guilty, this second volume of the the Ocalulous Tales Series, meant to impart in fun fashion the life and wisdom of the seminal ancient Greek figure Socrates, remains a pleasure as an educational and enjoyable book for kids-of-all-ages. And here I thought fuzziness was just for math and big dice!
Not only do Becky and Ryan, through expressive word and emotive art, successfully convey entertainment both funny and smart in the issues surrounding Socrates, but The Fuzzy Philosopher, in perhaps a refreshingly unusual move for a youth-oriented philosophy and biographical tale, appropriately tip the scales at times to shine a light on the account of the trial and death of Socrates. By incorporating how the undue charge against Socrates over the corruption of the youth” and the execution of Socrates affects our times travelers, the reader gets a “through the MCFC eyes” understanding when a few members feel the power and passion of perceived injustice and one or two, unwittingly or not, intervene in a Socratic manner, especially by finding themselves verbally questioning everything during the trials.
In fact, had a motivating and inspiring book such as this, and if a series such as Oraculous Tales existed back during by upbringing being raised in caves as I seem to recall — the whole informative and stimulating book would have made for front line fun for my educational advantage.
To read the whole review, click here.
This book was years in the making, and writers and illustrators work in near isolation with very little feedback and suggestions. Sending out review copies is always nerve wracking so it is great that our first review is so positive.
So thank you Gordon for the great review and if you would like to get your hands on a copy you can now pre-order it via paypal in the store and it will be shipped to you on Nov. 9th. Of course you can buy it on Nov. 9th at your favorite independent bookstore or Amazon.